Parkton Grove, Hanging Stone Road, Almondbury

Parkton Grove is a large property situated off Hanging Stone Road, near Honley.


John Oldfield was resident at Parkton Grove in 1819, when he married Ann Ackroyd, daughter of the late Cowling Ackroyd of Bradford.[1] He remained there until his death in August 1832.

By the late 1830s, Joshua Beaumont had moved his family into the property. He was a partner in Vickerman and Beaumont of the nearby Steps Mill.

Joshua's son, Alfred Beaumont, married Miss Hirst, "the only child of Joseph Hirst, Esq., of Wilshaw Villa", in October 1858 in Meltham.[2] Joshua's daughter Magdalene married silk-dyer Henry Oldham of Moll Spring Dye Works in 1862.

The bankruptcy of Joshua Beaumont & Co. with liabilities of over £65,000 led to the auction of items from Parkton Grove in July 1881, including a collection of "very valuable of cured birds of varied species" and a "costly library of books".[3]

By 1883, Josiah France and his daughter Penelope were residing at the property. Josiah died in 1905, leaving an estate worth in excess of £134,000.

By the 1930s, retired printer and stationer George Dyson lived at Parkton Grove.[4]

The property was sold in 2001 for £315,000.

Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 29 September 1978
  • listing entry number 1313888

HANGING STONE ROAD (East Side). Steps. Parkton Grove. Mid C19. Ashlar. Two storeys. Band. Moulded eaves cornice and blocking course. Three ranges of sashes in plain raised surrounds. Porch with Tuscan angle pilasters, full entablature and blocking course: round-arched windows with round-arched glazing bars. Door with semi-circular fanlight, two diamond-facetted panels and two round-arched lights. Elaborate carpentry conservatory on north side. Two-storey extension to north ending in shallow canted bay with sashes.

Census Returns

1861 Jos. Beaumont (absent), his children woollen cloth merchant George F. (aged 22) and Magdaline (25), and servants Sarah Fitzpatrick (50), Elizabeth Bale (24) and Ann Bale (17)
1871 woollen cloth manufacturer Alfred Beaumont (aged 39), his Irish-born wife Deborah Helena (24), visitor Harriot Colley (55)[5], and servants Mary Horner (48) and Elizabeth Parr (35)
1881 woollen manufacturer Alfred Beaumont (aged 49), his wife Deborah Selina (34), and their servants Sarah Barker (29) and Elizabeth Lumley (27)
1891 worsted cloth manufacturer Josiah France (widower aged 59), his spinster sister Ann (57), and servants Mary Hampshire (37) and Eliza Roebuck (20)
1901 worsted cloth manufacturer Josiah France (widower aged 69), cook Alice Parkes (27) and housemaid Annie Wilson (26)
1911 Charlotta F. Baines (aged 36) of Salford, servant Eva Holey (20) and chauffeur Edmund B[...?]ch (26)



Notes and References

  1. Leeds Intelligencer (20/Sep/1819).
  2. Huddersfield Chronicle (16/Oct/1858).
  3. "Sales by Auction" in Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Jun/1881).
  4. Dyson died in 1934, leaving an estate worth £12,225.
  5. Possibly Deborah Helena's mother.